1st and 2nd grade students want to draw, sculpt, weave and create those things that live in their imaginations. They soon learn that it takes many iterations to make their finished products live up to the images in their heads. We enable them to develop the observation skills and the tools with which they will eventually be able to render a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional plane and compositions with depth and proportion. Tempera painting lays the foundation for color theory. Weaving provides an introduction to textiles and the opportunity to experiment with interesting textures and patterns. Working with salt dough or clay provides an opportunity to create three-dimensional objects of substance and permanence. Students at this level learn to look critically at their own work and to learn from the attempts that fall short. They learn to take risks, make mistakes and celebrate their artistic accomplishments, as well as to appreciate little victories and to be patient with growth that takes time and practice. Ultimately, their creativity is supported and enhanced by their skill development.
3rd and 4th grade students continue to develop the tools to render a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional plane and to create compositions with depth and proportion. Working with salt dough or clay provides an opportunity to create three-dimensional objects of substance and permanence. Their knowledge of color theory becomes more sophisticated through opportunities to work with paint in abstract and representational formats, while weaving provides an opportunity to experiment with textures and patterns. Our visual arts program is designed to help students develop strong observation skills. They learn to look critically at their own work and to learn from the attempts that fall short. At this level, students also learn skills that cross over between art and mathematics. Students learn to make calculations necessary for ruling accuracy and to use precise geometric vocabulary (parallel, perpendicular, diagonal, intersecting), essential for conceptualizing projects and communicating directions.
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Ancona’s art program works in tandem with classrooms to provide opportunities for reflective observation and active experimentation.
At this developmental stage, children are provided with concrete experiences to further their thinking about the world around them.